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Reps Want Arrest of Boko Haram Suspects In Rivers Investigated
The House of Representatives on Tuesday mandated its committees on Police Affairs and Human Rights, to investigate the arrest of 320 suspected members of the Boko Haram sect in Rivers.
This resolution emanated from a motion moved by the deputy minority leader, Suleiman Kawau (APC-Kano), which was adopted without debate.
According to Kawu, on January 27, the Police arrested 320 women, men and children in a convoy of 17 buses at the boundary between Rivers and Imo States.
He said that the arrest had raised several issues that required immediate attention of every well-meaning Nigerian.
The legislator maintained that the arrested persons were petty traders and menial job seekers in the state and that such arrest and injustice portrayed obvious danger capable of further overheating the polity.
He said that section 41 of the 1999 Constitution amended guarantees every Nigerian the right to move freely within the country.
Kawu said that the Police in Rivers had abandoned its responsibility of protecting the people to harassing innocent people.